Whether you are a Cape Cod native, recent wash-ashore or are visiting the Cape, a visit to Taylor-Bray Farm is well worthwhile. The farm, which has been here since the early years of Plymouth Colony, is an example of what once characterized agricultural Cape Cod. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1993.
Take a look around; there's a lot to see and do. Start at the late 18th century farmhouse built by Samuel Taylor some time after he returned from service in the Revolutionary War. The recently renovated house has been furnished with period pieces and is now open to the public (check the farm website for dates and times).
Visit the farm’s animals. The friendliest animals have to be Rusty and Dusty, the goats. Out in the pasture, you will find Scotty and Fiona, Scottish Highland cattle. Despite their size, they are quite gentle but with their long horns, you don't want to get too close. Sam and Nestor are our miniature Mediterranean donkeys. There are chickens too. And of course, there are sheep. Come visit all of them - kids love them, especially in spring when new lambs arrive.
After you have seen the animals, walk the boardwalk into Black Flats Marsh. The view is similar to what Richard and Ruth Taylor would have seen when they established this isolated farm in the early 1640s. The Chapin Beach dunes are to the north and beyond them, Cape Cod Bay. The Town of Dennis, once part of Yarmouth, is on the far side of the marsh. In the spring and summer you may see osprey nesting on a platform in the marsh about 100 yards to the north of the boardwalk.
Come around for a farm festival. The Sheep Festival is in June. Watch our sheep being sheared and see border collies herd the sheep. In October, enjoy the Fall Festival for hayrides, cider and pumpkins. In December, come to the farm for your Christmas tree, wreathes and other holiday goodies.
While this area has been a farm for almost four centuries, it has been inhabited far longer than that. Ongoing archaeological work reveals that Native peoples have used the site on a seasonal basis as far back as 8,000 to 10,000 years ago.
There is a lot to see and do at the farm, so come visit. The farm is open seven days a week from dawn to dusk. There are picnic tables near the farmhouse. The farm is located at 108 Bray Farm Road North, Yarmouth Port, MA.